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  • Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Information and Regulations

    Academic Forgiveness  Auditing a Course  Honors Program 
    Academic Grievance    Change of Student Type  Independent Study 
    Academic Integrity  Class Level - Undergrad  Internships 
    Academic Programs Classroom Civility  Major and Minor 
            Adult Studies  Core Seminars  Registration 
            Graduate Studies  Credit by Examination  Residency Requirement  
            Special Studies  Cross Registration - Undergrad     ROTC - Capital University 
            Undergraduate Studies  Cross Registration - Grad  Service-Learning  
    Academic Standing Cross Registration - HECC  Student Load  
            Undergraduate  Dean's List  Student Name/Addr Changes 
            Graduate  Directed Study  Teacher Licensure 
    Academic Stop-Out   Grade Point Average  Transcripts 
    Admission to the University  Grading Policies  Transfer Credit - Undergrad  
            Undergrad Admission     Grading System - Undergrad  Transient Credit - Undergrad 
            Graduate Admission  Grading System - Grad  Transfer/Transient - Grad 
    Advanced Placement  Graduation  Withdrawal 
    Attendance  Graduation with Distinction  Writing Guidelines - Grad 

     

    Academic Forgiveness

    An undergraduate student who has acquired a high proportion of low or failing grades in a given semester may apply to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for academic forgiveness under the following conditions. The application can be filed only when the most recently completed semester includes a grade point average of 2.00 or above for at least 12 semester credits earned or when a 2.00 or above has been earned in each of three consecutive terms in which a total of at least 12 semester credits has been completed. Forgiveness means that all grades and all credits for a given semester are eliminated and the semester is not counted in the cumulative grade point average although a list of courses taken and an indication that academic forgiveness was granted will appear on the transcript. No more than one semester may be forgiven. To request academic forgiveness, the student must write a letter of petition to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    This option is not available to graduate students.
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    Academic Grievance Procedures and Grade Disputes

    It is the student's right to follow all the steps outlined in the Student Handbook and Planner in the section titled, "Student Problem Resolution." Under normal circumstances, issues of an academic nature will be handled as below. Students with academic complaints are required to pursue the following informal procedures in registering their concerns with the institution.

    1. Complaints of an academic nature, including but not limited to grade disputes, should first be discussed and resolution sought with the course instructor. 
    2. If resolution is not reached at the instructor level, the undergraduate student should bring the matter before the Dean or Chair of the Academic Division in which the course is offered; the graduate student should appeal to the Director of the program in which the course is offered. The Dean, Chair or Program Director will verify that all department or division policies have been followed and that the student has been treated fairly. The Dean, Chair or Program Director will render a written judgment in the matter. 
    3. If resolution is not reached with the Dean, Chair of the Division, or the Program Director, the matter may be brought to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA). At his/her discretion, the AVPAA may call a meeting of the student, the professor, and the Dean, Division Chair, or Program Director to discuss the case. The AVPAA will verify that the student has had a fair opportunity to express him/herself fully, will review the decision of the Dean, Chair, or Program Director, and will verify that all institutional policies have been followed. The AVPAA will render a final written decision in the matter.

    When the student feels that even further consideration is warranted, the formal grievance procedures outlined in the "Student Problem Resolution" section of the Student Handbook and Planner must be followed.

    In grievances involving grade disputes, students need to note that assessing a student‘s performance in a course is the responsibility and the right of the individual faculty member. A challenge to a grade received in a course will be considered only when the student alleges that the grade received reflects other than appropriate academic criteria, such as achievement and proficiency in the subject matter as described in the course syllabus. Initiation of this grievance procedure must begin within six months of the end of the term in which the course was taken.
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    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity presumes that each member of the academic community exhibits respect for him/herself, respect for others, respect for property (including intellectual property), and respect for authority. Honesty and respectful behavior are fundamental to the learning and development of each member of the academic community. Ohio Dominican University expects that all members of the community will adhere to these values through the honest pursuit of learning and through the maintenance of an atmosphere of support and respect within the community.


    Honesty and the Pursuit of Truth
    On the front steps of Erskine Hall is inscribed the Dominican motto, "To contemplate truth, and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation." This motto guides the thinking and the actions of faculty and students at Ohio Dominican University. Sincere truth seekers, by definition, approach their work with a commitment to honest inquiry, principled discussion, and debate. ODU expects that all members of the community adhere to the Dominican academic tradition and adopt a strict standard of integrity as their own.

    Types of Academic Dishonesty
    Academic dishonesty and cheating in any of its forms will not be tolerated. Offenses such as copying from another person or using unauthorized notes or materials during exams, unauthorized collaboration on tests or projects, falsifying research and using fictitious data and so forth, are strictly prohibited.

    Plagiarism
    A special form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism occurs when a student submits work purporting to be his/her own, but that borrows ideas, organization, wording or anything else from some other source without an appropriate acknowledgment of that fact.

    Plagiarism may take many forms. The most flagrant form of plagiarism consists of directly reproducing someone else's work, whether it is published or unpublished, complete or in part. Examples of this work would include books, articles, another's writings, a friend's paper in another class or school, or a page from the internet. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, the student and the student alone must do it except in cases where the faculty member requires collaboration.

    Similarly, when the student's assignment involves research, she/he must be careful to acknowledge exactly what, where and how she/he has employed the work of others. If the student uses the words of someone else, quotation marks must be used with some appropriate indication of its origin added. A citation is also required when the organization, content and phraseology of another's thought remains substantially intact.

    These guidelines apply equally to students' academic work of all kinds, and not only to written work. In a case where a student feels unsure about a question of plagiarism involving his/her work, she/he is obligated to consult the instructor on the matter before submitting it. Students who violate University and instructor policy on plagiarism are subject to University discipline.

    A thorough discussion of plagiarism occurs in the college writing courses, ENG 101-102 and ENG 110-111. Faculty members in other courses and other fields also establish expectations and provide guidance about academic honesty in their fields. Students are encouraged to carefully observe academic honesty guidelines presented in all their courses.

    Procedure for Addressing Academic Dishonesty (including Plagiarism)   

    When a student engages in academic dishonesty, the professor will decide the appropriate course sanction (perhaps failure for the assigned work or failure for the class), complete the Academic Disciplinary Action Form with appropriate supplementary material, and file this material in the Office of Academic Affairs.

    If a student's actions form a pattern of academic dishonesty, the Office of Academic Affairs will bring formal charges against the student, and a hearing will be held following the Academic Disciplinary Hearing Procedure (see Academic Integrity section of Student Handbook and Planner).
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    Academic Programs - Adult Studies

    Adult & Continuing Education 
    ODU's Adult & Continuing Education program is a cohort-based, accelerated degree completion program. Currently the program offers six programs of study: Associate of Arts in Gerontology, Associate of Science in Business, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Management.

    The program is designed to meet the needs of the working adult in a format that allows the student to take advantage of his or her professional background while concentrating on one subject at a time in a setting that promotes teamwork. While striving to provide students with the tools necessary to complete their degree successfully, this program provides something more. It instills in each student the belief that "the quest for truth is a lifelong activity." In addition, it provides students with the critical, analytical, and reflective skills necessary to continue that pursuit. The Adult & Continuing Education program strives to provide students with an education that works in a service-oriented atmosphere.

    The Adult & Continuing Education Program challenges the adult learner to develop knowledge and awareness of human problems and personal values through a well-planned, sequenced curriculum that integrates—within the curriculum—advanced cognitive skills, awareness of self and others, values and ethics clarification, and social and interpersonal skills.

    Courses are taught in the evenings to accommodate the full-time working adult. Both on-campus and off-campus sites provide the student the opportunity to choose a location that suits his/her needs.

    Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) – Undergraduate Students  

    Prior learning assessment is a process whereby learning individuals have acquired and have not had transcripted by a college or university is evaluated to determine whether or not it is comparable with what is taught in college. If this learning is found comparable, it may be recognized by the awarding of credit.

    Three forms of prior learning assessment are available at Ohio Dominican University: CLEP (College-Level Examination Program), ACE (American Council on Education), and assessment by portfolio. CLEP consists of computer-based exams that enable students to earn college credit by examination. A more detailed description of CLEP appears elsewhere in this catalog. ACE has published guidelines for credit recommendations documenting certain forms of military or corporate training. Individualized assessment at Ohio Dominican University is most often accomplished through portfolios of prior learning, based on techniques developed by CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning).

    Those individuals interested in the PLA by portfolio program must be adults with significant life/career experience. Degree candidates at Ohio Dominican University must not have reached college senior status.

    Student advising for the PLA program begins initially by contacting the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) and consultation with the PLA coordinator. The AVPAA or student‘s academic advisor will help the student determine which of the above-mentioned options, if any, best fit the individual‘s needs.

    If it is determined the student is a candidate for assessment by portfolio, the student will be instructed as to how to identify, describe, document, and organize the learning materials in order to create a portfolio. Faculty evaluators provide guidance, clarify learning outcomes, and determine whether credit is awarded for a completed portfolio.

    A maximum of 32 credits may be earned in the assessment by portfolio program. All credits may be applied toward an undergraduate degree or licensure. The credits earned through any of the Prior Learning Assessment options do not fulfill the residency requirement for a degree at Ohio Dominican University.

    Professional Development Opportunities
    Learning and training opportunities are offered for professionals in a variety of fields. Teachers can choose from numerous courses that provide graduate credit or non-credit professional development units. Courses are offered at various sites around the state and online.

    For others seeking professional development, tailored programs are designed to meet the particular needs of a variety of institutions, corporations, agencies, and associations.

    For additional information regarding professional development at Ohio Dominican University, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

    Certificate Programs
    Certificate programs are clusters of credit courses focusing on a particular area of achievement. Depending on the certificate program taken, credits earned may be applied toward a degree. The following certificate programs are available: Accounting, Coaching, Communication Studies, Gerontology, and Public Administration (graduate level only).

    Online Programs
    The Ohio Dominican University online programs and courses significantly expand the learning opportunities for students of all ages around the world. Degree seeking and non-degree seeking students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate courses, graduate degree programs and courses, or non-credit professional and personal development programs.
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    Academic Programs - Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies programs are fully accredited and are taught by dedicated scholars who value the art of teaching as well as the skills of research and scholarship; and they conform to both the best practices of their disciplines and the values of the University‘s Catholic, Dominican heritage.


    Master of Arts in Theology
    The program prepares students for ministry by providing a curriculum rich in the theological tradition of the Church. The program‘s primary focus is on the needs of the Diocese of Columbus for lay pastoral associates, directors of parish schools of religion, youth ministers, high school religion teachers, and campus ministers. The course of studies also provides a theological foundation for all persons interested in deepening their Christian commitment and ministerial options. At the center of the program is a curriculum in biblical, historical, systematic, and pastoral theology.

    Master of Business Administration
    The Ohio Dominican University MBA Program is designed to provide students a comprehensive business education while stressing ethical leadership and strategic agility. The program offers students a learning experience consistent with Ohio Dominican University's tradition of providing intellectual development and growth in truth and ethical perspective while advancing career readiness in the dynamic, competitive and increasingly globalizing world of business. The program successfully prepares graduates to serve in middle and senior level leadership roles in a wide variety of organizations.

    Four Options -- One Degree
    The Ohio Dominican University MBA Program is currently offered in four distinctive delivery options, each tailored to meet the unique needs of students:

    • The Adult & Continuing Education Option: The Adult & Continuing Education MBA Option is designed to meet the learning needs of the working adult. Students attend classes one night per week on a year-round basis at one of our campus locations (Dublin and Main Campus). Students may complete the program in as few as 22 months, and may begin the program at a wide variety of start dates throughout the year.
    • The Traditional Calendar Option: The Traditional Calendar MBA Option is designed for recent graduates of undergraduate programs who are accustomed to the traditional rhythms of the academic year or working adults who prefer to attend classes on a traditional academic calendar (fall and spring terms). This calendar option maintains between-term and summer breaks and regular campus holidays. It offers students an opportunity to complete the MBA Program in as few as 14 months while attending evening classes at the main campus. Students may begin the program throughout the academic year at any of five start times.
    • The 4+1 Option: The 4+1 MBA Option is designed for full-time, undergraduate students who would like to complete an undergraduate degree as well as an MBA in as few as five full-time academic years. The 4+1 option is offered at the main campus with classes scheduled on the traditional academic calendar.
    • The Online Option: The Ohio Dominican University online programs and courses significantly expand the learning opportunities for students of all ages around the world. Degree seeking and non-degree seeking students have the opportunity to participate in the ODU online MBA graduate degree program and courses.

    Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
    The graduate program in liberal studies is designed to make connections between the study of the liberal arts and the lifelong journey toward becoming fully human. This is accomplished through the rigorous study of past and present attempts to understand the human spirit. Its courses are interdisciplinary in design and involve the rigorous study of primary sources and theory, both historical and contemporary. As such they include significant research that demonstrates independent critical thinking, critical reading, clear and concise writing, and the mastering of the historical overview of their subjects.

    Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
    The Master of Education program is designed to prepare practicing teachers with advanced knowledge and skills by establishing a culture for learning and experiences that are intended to encompass the application of theory into practice. Diverse instructional models and strategies are employed to cultivate knowledge and skill in engaging active involvement in learning and to promote professional relationship with colleagues and community with a focus on educational issues. The program is offered on campus, online, and at several off site locations throughout the Columbus area.

    Master of Education in Educational Leadership
    The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program addresses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the challenges of serving in leadership positions in the increasingly complex environments of Pre-K-12 schools. The program meets the requirements for a principal licensure program in the State of Ohio and is designed for educators who aspire to serve as principals, assistant principals, directors, supervisors, and dean of students in Pre-K-12 settings. A hallmark of the program is the inclusion of courses that specifically address the administration of programs to meet the needs of all students.

     
    Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    The Master of Arts in TESOL provides candidates with a firm foundation in TESOL history, principles, and practices as well as research methods and professional development. Candidates who complete the program will be well prepared to enter programs of advanced study in TESOL, become active participants in regional and national TESOL organizations, and address issues that affect speakers of other languages in the classroom and the community. Furthermore, because every course requires writing and research, culminating in a thesis, the program enables students to make important contributions to TESOL, education, and community service. Building upon Ohio Dominican University's tradition of teaching excellence, as well as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for ESL teacher education in grades P-12, the program assists interested students in acquiring the TESOL Multi-Age License in Ohio.


    Five-Year (4+1) MBA
     

    The Five-Year (4+1) MBA Programs are designed to enable traditional students to earn a bachelor‘s degree in a business field and a master‘s degree in Business Administration in just five, full-time, years of study. These programs are specifically designed for high-achieving undergraduate business majors (business administration, economics, accounting, finance, or international business) who are likely to succeed given the rigor of the graduate courses offered.
    The programs integrate the advantages of a liberal arts and business education while developing graduates who can think analytically, lead ethically, and communicate effectively. Students enrolled in the traditional 4 + 1 MBA program will be exposed to contemporary thinking in management and leadership, while honing their knowledge of functional business areas such as finance, accounting, management and marketing. Additionally, students will expand their critical thinking and communication skills through the study of philosophy, ethics, economics, art, literature and history.
    Students enrolled in the Five-Year (4+1) MBA Program with a Concentration in Accounting will work to achieve the same academic objectives as the traditional 4 + 1 MBA program, while also meeting the academic requirements necessary to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam. At the end of five years, students will have earned a bachelor‘s degree in accounting, an MBA, and will have completed the total credit-hour and content-area requirements necessary to sit for the CPA Exam.

    Master of Science in Management*
    The Master of Science degree in Management is designed to serve those students interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively and ethically manage others in an organizational context. It provides students depth in management content areas including strategy, leadership, performance management, creativity and innovation, human resource management and change management. While still touching on critical business knowledge areas including economics, accounting, finance, information technology and business ethics, the Master of Science degree in Management offers greater depth in the knowledge and skills important to those who wish to effectively manage others in ways that further an organization‘s values and strategies.
    *At the present time, no new students are being accepted into this program.

    Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
    Ohio Dominican University offers a master‘s program in Physician Assistant Studies to students who are interested in working in the medical field as a mid-level provider. Physician Assistant Studies is intended to provide students with an in-depth study of the pathophysiological bases on the human body and clinical applications to that pathophysiology. In addition to a comprehensive didactic phase and advanced courses in clinical medicine, those who complete the degree will have clinical rotations that will introduce them to specific clinical fields of practice. Students will also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor to design and complete an independent research project during their second year. Upon graduation, those who have chosen this graduate field of study will be well prepared for their associate board examination as well as a career in the medical field.

    In its policies and procedures Ohio Dominican University‘s Master‘s Program in Physician Assistant Studies supports the Roman Catholic moral teaching on the transcendent and inherent dignity of the human person. The University‘s faculty, staff, and students work to guard that dignity through their respect for human life from conception to natural death and by their assurance of the right to freedom of conscience for each person involved in the Physician Assistant Studies program.
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    Academic Programs - Special Studies

    The Charles School  

    The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University is a tuition-free public high school, and is a part of the Graham Family of Schools. The School is open to students entering the ninth and tenth grades and is located adjacent to the ODU campus. The five-year Early College High School curriculum allows students to complete six years of coursework in a five-year period—receiving a high school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit towards an associate‘s degree.

    The Charles School is part of a network of Early College High Schools around the country and is the first to provide experiential learning opportunities in conjunction with a rigorous academic program. Parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community partners at The Charles School help young, motivated learners be successful. Students can choose to continue their education at ODU or another institution and gain a competitive edge while saving time and money.

    Project JumpStart
    The Project JumpStart, Dual Enrollment Program, provides an opportunity for academically advanced secondary students to earn college credit for select courses while still in high school. Students who meet the high school eligibility standards, program admission requirements, have parental consent, and written permission from the school principal or guidance counselor may participate in dual enrollment courses. These students will graduate from high school with both a high school diploma and college credit at Ohio Dominican University. Other institutions may also accept this credit. Ohio Dominican‘s Dual Enrollment Program, Project Jump Start, is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

    Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Partnership  

    Through a dual admissions partnership with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), COTC students may earn a bachelor‘s degree in accounting from Ohio Dominican while completing an associate‘s degree in accounting from COTC.

    Students in the program will be expected to take at least one course per semester at ODU. Additionally, students completing the bachelor‘s degree in accounting will be eligible to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination.

    Incoming freshmen with no college credit (outside of postsecondary credit), must have a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.500 (A = 4) and a composite ACT score of 18. Transfer students, those who have accumulated college credit, or are currently attending college, are admissible to the program upon earning at least ten transferrable semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.500 (A = 4). (Transferrable credits are those in which a grade of C- or higher was earned and the courses were not developmental in scope).

    In order to participate in this program, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed above and complete the COTC-ODU Program Letter of Intent and the COTC Information Release Form. Questions regarding the program should be addressed to the following individuals: Torrance Powell (ODU Advising Center) – powellt@ohiodominican.edu – 614-251-4234 or DiAnna Palmer (COTC Advising) – dpalmer@cotc.edu – 740-364-9545.

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    Academic Programs - Undergraduate Studies

    The Undergraduate Studies Programs at Ohio Dominican University are committed to the holistic education of its undergraduate student body. Student learning extends well beyond the classroom, and the university seeks to harness the potential of educating the whole person through close cooperation between academic affairs and student development. Faculty, other academic staff, and student development professionals work together to provide learning activities so that each student might experience the fullness of the educational process. At the heart of this process is the Student Engagement Model, which provides a theoretical framework around which programs are developed.

    Undergraduate Studies is the largest program of the University.  Ohio Dominican University offers five degrees:              

          

    Bachelor of Arts 22 major programs
    Bachelor of Science 16 major programs
    Bachelor of Science in Education     4 major programs
    Associate of Arts 3 major programs
    Associate of Science 2 major programs

    This catalog describes each of the undergraduate programs of the University. Policies and procedures governing the academic aspects of this holistic experience are also listed in the catalog. 

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    Academic Standing of Undergraduate Students

    The faculty at Ohio Dominican University wants each student to be successful and to advance at a satisfactory rate. The primary measure of satisfactory progress is the student‘s grade point average (GPA), and this tool is used to determine academic standing. The GPA is calculated by dividing the sum of the grade points earned at ODU by the number of credits attempted as described in the section on grading. The Registrar reviews students‘ academic performance with the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (AVPAA) at the end of each semester to determine the students‘ academic standing. The Registrar reviews students in the Adult & Continuing Education program with the Dean of Adult & Continuing Education once a month to determine the students‘ academic standing. The academic standing of an undergraduate student is categorized as follows.

    Good Standing
    Good academic standing entitles a student to all the rights and privileges of enrollment at ODU. A relationship between the student‘s total credit hours attempted and the student‘s GPA, as shown in the chart on the next page, determine good standing.

    Probation  

    A student whose cumulative GPA falls below the standards of Good Standing, but not to the level of suspension or dismissal, is considered to be on probation. Probationary standing is assigned to an undergraduate student if after completion of 63 credits, the student‘s GPA in the major falls below 2.0; and if the student‘s GPA is less than what would be considered good standing based on the table at the bottom of this page.

    Students on probation:  

    • Receive a notice of academic jeopardy from the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (AVPAA) or the Dean of Adult & Continuing Education;
    • Non-Adult & Continuing Education students may not enroll in more than 15 credits in the following term; however, the student is encouraged to limit enrollment to 12 credits;
    • Will be encouraged to seek out appropriate resources to help return to good academic standing.

    Probationary standing in successive terms or courses may lead to academic suspension or dismissal.

    Academic Suspension
    Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the good standing and probation standards on the chart on the next page are academically suspended from the University. Suspended students are removed from the rolls and may not attend classes. Students enrolled in the traditional format may appeal their suspension by petitioning the Academic Standing Committee of the University. Students enrolled in the Adult & Continuing Educaiton Program should contact the Director of Student Services and should follow the appeal procedure outlined below. The suspension will remain in force until the appeal is heard.

    Appeal of Academic Suspension
    The non-Adult & Continuing Education student who has been academically suspended from the University may appeal the suspension to the Academic Standing Committee. The appealing student must complete the "Appeal of Academic Suspension" form sent to the student with the notice of suspension. This form must be submitted by the stated deadline to the AVPAA. The Committee will review the appeal form, the student's entire academic record, comments and recommendations from the student's faculty members, and when appropriate, input from Student Development and Residence Life. The Committee may decide to continue the suspension or may decide to reinstate the student with or without conditions. The Committee decision is final.

    The Adult & Continuing Education student must complete the "Appeal of Academic Suspension" form sent to the student with the notice of suspension. This form must be submitted by the stated deadline to the Dean of Adult & Continuing Education. The Dean will review the appeal with the student's Adult & Continuing Education advisor. The Dean may decide to continue the suspension or may decide to reinstate the student with or without conditions. The Dean‘s decision is final.

    A reinstated student must demonstrate significant improvement in academic performance during the following semester. A reinstated student who‘s GPA again falls into the suspension/dismissal category on the chart below will incur a final dismissal from which there is no appeal. 

    Total Credit Hours
    Attempted

    CUM GPA for
    Good Standing

    CUM GPA for
    Probation

    CUM GPA for
    Suspension or Dismissal

    1 - 17

    1.75 and above

    1.74 - 1.00

    Below 1.00

    18 - 34

    1.85 and above

    1.84 - 1.50

    Below 1.50

    35 - 62

    2.00 and above

    1.99 - 1.80

    Below 1.80

    63 - 91

    2.00 and above

    1.99 - 1.95

    Below 1.95

    92+

    2.00 and above

    Does not apply

    Below 2.00

      * Total Credit Hours Attempted refers to the sum of hours attempted at ODU and all other credit hours that Ohio Dominican University has accepted toward graduation (transfer, transient, CLEP, PEP, prior learning experience, Advanced Placement, DANTES, HECC and similar types of credit)

    Final Dismissal 

    Students are subject to Final Dismissal under the conditions listed above. A student who has received a Final Dismissal from Ohio Dominican has exhausted all remedies and appeals for returning to Good Standing and is no longer a student at Ohio Dominican.


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    Academic Standing of Graduate Students

    Graduate students are expected to make appropriate academic progress toward the successful completion of their degrees. The graduate faculty at Ohio Dominican University wants each student to be successful and to advance at a satisfactory rate. The primary measure of satisfactory progress is the student‘s grade point average (GPA), and this tool is used to determine academic standing. The GPA is calculated by dividing the sum of the grade points earned at ODU by the number of credits attempted as described in the section on grading. The Registrar reviews the academic performance of each student with the Program Directors of the graduate programs, the Dean of Adult & Continuing Education, and the AVPAA/Dean of Graduate Studies. This is done at the end of each semester for the traditional format and once a month for the Adult & Continuing Education format. Students receive written notification if they are in other than good standing.

    Academic Probation and Dismissal 

    A graduate student is placed on academic probation whenever the cumulative grade point average is below 3.000. A student on probation will be restricted to one course per term until the cumulative GPA reaches a 3.000. If a cumulative of 3.000 has not been reached after the completion of nine additional semester hours, the student will be academically dismissed from the University.

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    Academic Stop-Out Program

    The Academic Stop-Out Program is for students in good academic, financial, and conduct standing who wish to take an academic leave of absence for up to a maximum of two semesters, excluding summer, during their entire career at Ohio Dominican University. Upon returning to the University, students will remain under the academic degree requirements of the catalog the student was following at the time of declaring "Stop-Out" status; and provided all deadlines and policies are observed, students will not be required to apply for readmission. Students may not take coursework at another college or university while on Academic Stop-Out.

    Additional information and an Application for Academic Stop-Out are available from the Office of the Registrar or online at MyODU.

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    Admission to the University

    General Policies and Procedures

    In keeping with its principles and traditions, Ohio Dominican University accepts only those students who by previous background and academic performance demonstrate a reasonable probability of success at the University. To this end, Ohio Dominican University has established entrance criteria limiting admission in most cases to those individuals whose prior grades and courses, national achievement test scores, and personal accomplishments combine to predict academic success.

    Admission to the University is granted without regard to race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or marital status. Ohio Dominican University also ascribes to the equal opportunity mandates of the federal government, and to the statements of ethical recruiting practices adopted by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

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    Undergraduate Admission

    Students applying for undergraduate admission must file all required materials with the Ohio Dominican University Office of Undergraduate Admissions (Please note: separate instructions and deadlines for international students and graduate students are outlined later in this section). Application forms may be obtained by contacting:


    Ohio Dominican University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43219
    Local Phone: 618-251-4500
    Toll Free: 1-800-955-OHIO (6446)
    www.ohiodominican.edu
    admissions@ohiodominican.edu 


    In general, Ohio Dominican University operates on a rolling admission basis with applications being considered as soon as all essential materials have been received. Students are usually notified of their status within two weeks of completing their application file. Once a student has decided to attend Ohio Dominican University, a $150 enrollment deposit must be submitted to reserve a place in the entering class. This is not an additional cost and will be deducted from the initial billing statement from the Business Office. The enrollment deposit must be received before a student may register for classes as a first time student. The enrollment deposit is refundable (if requested in writing) until May 1 for students who are enrolling for the Fall Semester; December 1 for students who are enrolling for the Spring Semester; and April 1 for students who are enrolling for the Summer Term.

     
    Campus Visits - Ohio Dominican University welcomes prospective students and parents to the campus throughout the year. Guided tours of the ODU campus are provided by Ohio Dominican University Student Ambassadors. During the visit, a prospective student may attend classes, meet with admissions and financial aid representatives, faculty, current students, and eat in the dining hall. Tours are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on most Saturdays. To ensure that all requests are met during a campus visit, appointments are recommended and may be arranged by calling 800-955-6446 or 614-251-4500. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is located in the Bishop Griffin Student Center, on the west side of Sunbury Road.


    Freshman Admission
    Preparation
    - Applicants for admission to Ohio Dominican University must demonstrate the capacity to perform successful college-level work. The University seeks students who have prepared themselves for a liberal arts curriculum by taking at least 16 units of college-preparatory courses. Although the University does not prescribe how these units should be distributed, the recommended high school curriculum includes four units each of English and mathematics, and three units each of science, foreign language, and social studies.

    Documents And Procedures - All students applying for undergraduate admission to Ohio Dominican University directly from high school must submit the following documents to the Director of Admissions:

    1. A completed and signed Ohio Dominican University Application for Undergraduate Admission; including a $25 application fee (fee is waived if application is submitted online). 
    2. An official transcript of the high school record showing all courses taken and cumulative grade point average at least through the end of the junior year. (All transcripts submitted become the property of Ohio Dominican University and are not returnable.) 
    3. The official scores from either the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Applicants who have been out of high school for at least two years need not take these tests. A student may request that either the ACT or SAT scores be sent to Ohio Dominican University in the form of a formal score report from the testing agency. Ohio Dominican University‘s ACT code number is 3256; the SAT code number is 1131.

    Final High School Transcript - A final high school transcript showing the graduation date must be sent to Ohio Dominican University. It is the sole responsibility of the student to assure that this document is requested from the high school after graduation and sent to the Ohio Dominican University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Academic Standards - Prospective first year students can expect to be accepted for admission if they have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least "C+" or better in high school (2.5 on a 4.0 scale); a composite score of 20 or higher on the American College Test (ACT) or a combined score of at least 1425 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

    Homeschooled Applicants - Every effort is made to accommodate the special circumstances of homeschoolers during the admissions process. We require that all applicants submit an ACT or SAT score with their application. These tests are administered independently of school systems and are open to anyone.

    Students completing their high school education under the umbrella of a diploma-granting organization must submit evidence of the coursework completed and level of performance. Students not connected with any such institution, may submit the GED as evidence of completing a commonly accepted body of secondary coursework. A student with a minimum Ohio GED score of 2750 can expect to be accepted for admission to the University. In the absence of either transcript information or a GED, a student‘s work must be evaluated without statistical evidence comparing the student‘s performance and choice of secondary curriculum to those of his/her peers. To help us evaluate the student‘s level of preparation for college-level work, the student will need to present a portfolio of the work indicative of his/her academic achievements. This may contain records such as grades from a community college or other post-secondary level courses that may have been taken, scores from AP tests (these are also administered independently of schools), recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers, examples of independent research, evidence of completed units in science, mathematics or other concrete academic subjects, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used and mastered in preparation for college-level courses.

    Letters of recommendation are particularly important for homeschooled applicants, and students are encouraged to select references very carefully. The references should be able to describe specific activities in which the student participated and to evaluate the student‘s performance through the eyes of experience and objective judgment. The only way we can understand what the student brings to Ohio Dominican University, in the absence of conventional records, is to have it explained clearly and without prejudice.

    In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education, homeschooled students who would like to be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, are required to have a General Education Development (GED) certificate, pass an approved "ability to benefit" test, or have completed a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under state law.

    GED Applicants - Students having completed the General Educational Development (GED) high school equivalency program must provide evidence of their achievement by submitting an official copy of the Certificate and the actual scores. A minimum score of 2750 is generally required for admission to the University.


    Transfer Student Admission

    Documents And Procedures - Students seeking undergraduate admission to Ohio Dominican University after studying at another institution of college rank must submit the following documents to the Director of Admissions:

    1. A completed and signed Ohio Dominican University Application for Undergraduate Admission showing all institutions previously attended, and a $25 application fee (fee is waived if application is submitted online).
    2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges, universities, and similar institutions previously attended. (All transcripts submitted become the property of Ohio Dominican University and are not returnable.)

    Academic Standards - Transfer applicants are generally acceptable if they show evidence of good academic standing at the institution last attended and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 (4.0 grading scale) in their previous college-level academic coursework. Students with fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable credit (36 quarter hours) must also submit an official copy of their high school transcript for evaluation and consideration.

    Students who have completed six or fewer semester hours (or nine quarter hours) of transferable college/university credit are considered to be entering freshman and not transfer students.

    International Student – Undergraduate Admission

    Ohio Dominican University is approved by the Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to accept and enroll nonimmigrant foreign students.

    Documents And Procedures - Applicants from foreign countries must file the following credentials with the Office of Admissions.

    1. Electronic application form located at: https://www.ohiodominican.edu/oduapps/international/international_students/internationalapp.aspx. Please make sure this is filled out carefully and completely. For applicants wanting to submit a paper application, please contact the International Office.
    2. Proof of English proficiency for those whose first language is not English. Ohio Dominican accepts the following: Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 (79 – internet based). ODU Institutional TOEFL code is 1131. For more information, please go to: www.ets.org/toefl/. OR Official STEP EIKEN score of 1st and Pre-1st for Japanese students. For more information, please go to: http://www.eiken-ryugaku.com/university/index.html. OR Successful completion of ELS Level 112 intensive program. For more information, please go to: http://www.els.edu. OR Official IELTS band score of at least 6.5. For more information, please go to: http://www.ielts.org.
    3. Official SAT or ACT score (recommended). For more information, please go to: http://collegeboard.com. Applicants must request an official score report to be sent to Ohio Dominican University, College Board code: 1131.
    4. Personal Statement. Write a personal statement describing personal and educational goals and how ODU will help in reaching them. This statement should be at least 250 words in length.
    5. Academic Records. Applicants must submit to World Education Services (WES) all official academic transcripts/records from the last academic institution(s) attended (high school or university). Applicants must also submit the results of any standardized examination taken (e.g., O-level and A-level, SSCE, CXC, IB). Transcripts and records should be sent directly from the educational institutions to WES. Applicants may use the International Student Transcript Request Form to request transcripts to be sent. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to send in other materials that attest to academic ability, such as letters of academic reference or examples of academic work (e.g., a major research paper). For more information on WES, please go to: http://www.wes.org/index.asp.
    6. Declaration and Certification of Finances Form. The financial sponsor and guarantor of the applicant must complete this form. Please read the form carefully. An I-20, the immigration document required to apply for a visa to enter the United States and to study at ODU, cannot be issued to an accepted student if this is not properly and accurately completed.
    7. Evidence of Financial Support. Along with the Declaration and Certification of Finances form, evidence that the applicant‘s financial guarantor has funds available for at least the first year must also be submitted. Sufficient evidence would include a current bank statement in the name of the sponsor on bank letterhead or an official award letter for a scholarship or fellowship. The documents must be less than one year old. An I-20 cannot be issued without the completed form as well as evidence of financial support.
    8. International Student Advisor Report Form. This form is only for those applicants who are currently in F1 status at another institution in the United States, either studying or on optional practical training (OPT). This form is used to verify that the applicant‘s current school will be transferring the immigration (SEVIS) record to ODU so that ODU can issue an I-20. Contact the International Office for further information.

    Returning Student Readmission

    An Ohio Dominican University undergraduate student whose attendance has been interrupted for a period of one semester or more must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in order to resume academic work. Students are subject to graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission. An official transcript from any institution attended since leaving the University must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Students on official Academic Stop-Out do not need to apply for readmission.


    Special Admissions Programs

    Second Baccalaureate Degree - Candidates who already hold a baccalaureate degree and who seek admission to pursue a second undergraduate degree must file an application for admission and submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.

    Part-Time Degree Seeking Students - All part-time students interested in earning an undergraduate degree must complete the Ohio Dominican University Application for Undergraduate Admission and submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who have never attended college or transfer fewer than 24 semester hours/36 quarter hours must submit official high school transcripts.

    Non-Degree Seeking Students - Students who do not wish to pursue an Ohio Dominican University degree must file an application for admission and submit official transcripts from each college or university attended or proof of high school diploma or GED.

    Transient Students - Students who wish to enroll in Ohio Dominican University courses to transfer to the college or university from which they expect to receive their degree must file an application for admission and submit an unofficial transcript or letter of good standing from their home institution.

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    Graduate Admission

    Students applying for graduate admission should file all required materials with the Ohio Dominican University Office of Graduate Admissions. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for specific program dates and deadlines. Application forms may be obtained by contacting:

    Ohio Dominican University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, Ohio, 43219
    Phone: 614-251-4615
    www.ohiodominican.edu/graduate
    graduateadmissions@ohiodominican.edu 


    In general, Ohio Dominican University operates on a rolling admission basis with applications being considered as soon as all essential materials have been received. Students are usually notified of their status within two weeks of completing their application file. Once a student has decided to attend Ohio Dominican University, a tuition deposit must be submitted to reserve a place in the entering class. This is not an additional cost and will be deducted from the initial billing statement from the Business Office. The tuition deposit must be received before a student may register for classes as a first time graduate student and is refundable (if requested in writing) until August 1st for students who are enrolling for the Fall Semester, December 6th for students who are enrolling for the Spring Semester, and May 9th for students who are enrolling for the Summer Session.

    Campus Visits - The Office of Graduate Admissions personally invites you to meet with the program director of your interest and a graduate admissions representative. The purpose of the appointment is to better your understanding of the admissions process, review your financial aid options, and increase your knowledge about the program itself. To assist us in making your visit as successful and enjoyable as possible, please call (614) 251-4615 at least one week in advance of your intended visit. To learn of upcoming Graduate Information Sessions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 614-251-4615.

    Documents and Procedures - All students applying for graduate admission to Ohio Dominican University must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

    1. A completed and signed Application for Graduate Admission forwarded to the Ohio Dominican University Office of Graduate Admissions with a non-refundable $25 application fee. Payment can be made in the form of a check or money order made payable to Ohio Dominican University. The fee is waived for ODU alumni.
    2. Official college transcripts sent directly to the Ohio Dominican University Office of Graduate Admissions. Students, who have attended more than one college or university, must submit an official transcript from each. (All transcripts submitted become the property of Ohio Dominican University and are not returnable.)
    3. Three (3) completed recommendation forms from individuals who can address the student‘s academic potential. It is recommended at least one reference be from an academic source. Applicants to the Master of Education program are not required to submit recommendation forms.
    4. In addition to the general graduate admission requirements stated herein, applicants may be required to complete specific admission requirements for the program in which admission is sought. Please refer to the appropriate graduate program section for complete information on individual program admission requirements.  

    Academic Standards - Applicants must have or will have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning by the time they enter the program of study. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.0/4.0 or higher is recommended for admission. Applicants having a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for admission with conditions. An application file is not complete until a final university transcript confirming the granting of an undergraduate degree and graduation date has been received by the Ohio Dominican University‘s Office of Graduate Admission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to assure that this document is requested from the undergraduate university and sent to Ohio Dominican University.

    Special Graduate Admissions Programs

    Admission with Conditions - Applicants having a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for admission with conditions. Although they do not meet the GPA requirement, they may have professional experience or additional coursework in an area that indicates the probability of success. While accepted for admission, the students must meet predetermined requirements (e.g., must maintain a 3.000 average within the first nine (9) semester hours taken) to continue in the program.

    Provisional and Non-degree Admission Requirements - Applicants may be admitted to an Ohio Dominican University graduate program for a limited number of courses under provisional or non-degree status. Applicants seeking such statuses must adhere to the admission requirements of the graduate programs.


    Provisional Status Admission Requirements - Graduate applicants desiring to enroll in a graduate program, as part-time or full-time students, while they await the completion of their application file must: submit an unofficial undergraduate transcript verifying their bachelor‘s degree, complete an application form, submit the application fee, submit any program required essay, and acquire the approval of the program director. Students can be enrolled under this status for one semester.

    Non-degree Status Admission Requirements - The Graduate Programs at Ohio Dominican University permits students to hold non-degree seeking status for nine semester credit hours. After such time, students must formally apply for admission to a program. The non-degree applicant must submit an official undergraduate transcript verifying their bachelor‘s degree, complete an application form, and submit the application fee.


    International Students - Graduate Admission

    Ohio Dominican University is approved by the Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to accept and enroll nonimmigrant foreign students.

    Documents And Procedures - Applicants from foreign countries must file the following credentials with the Office of Graduate Admissions.

    1. Electronic application for admission form is located at: https://www.ohiodominican.edu/oduapps/international/international_students/internationalapp.aspx. Please make sure this is filled out carefully and completely. For applicants wanting to submit a paper application, please contact the International Office. 
    2. Proof of English proficiency for those whose first language is not English. Ohio Dominican accepts the following: Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 (79 – internet based). ODU Institutional TOEFL code is 1131. For more information, please go to: www.ets.org/toefl/. OR Official STEP EIKEN score of 1st and Pre-1st for Japanese students. For more information, please go to: http://www.eiken-ryugaku.com/university/index.htmlOR Successful completion of ELS Level 112 intensive program. For more information, please go to: http://www.els.eduOR Official IELTS band score of at least 6.5. For more information, please go to: http://www.ielts.org.
    3.  Academic Records. Applicants must submit to World Education Services (WES) all official academic transcripts/records from the last academic institution(s) attended (high school or university). Applicants must also submit the results of any standardized examination taken (e.g., O-level and A-level, SSCE, CXC, IB). Transcripts and records should be sent directly from the educational institutions to WES. Applicants may use the International Student Transcript Request Form to request transcripts to be sent. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to send in other materials that attest to academic ability, such as letters of academic reference or examples of academic work (e.g., a major research paper). For more information on WES, please go to: http://www.wes.org/index.asp.
    4. Declaration and Certification of Finances Form. The financial sponsor and guarantor of the applicant must complete this form. Please read the form carefully. An I-20, the immigration document required to apply for a visa to enter the United States and to study at ODU, cannot be issued to an accepted student if this is not properly and accurately completed.
    5. Evidence of Financial Support. Along with the Declaration and Certification of Finances form, evidence that the applicant‘s financial guarantor has funds available for at least the first year must also be submitted. Sufficient evidence would include a current bank statement in the name of the sponsor on bank letterhead or an official award letter for a scholarship or fellowship. The documents must be less than one year old. An I-20 cannot be issued without the completed form as well as evidence of financial support.
    6. International Student Advisor Report Form. This form is only for those applicants who are currently in F1 status at another institution in the United States, either studying or on optional practical training (OPT). This form is used to verify that the applicant‘s current school will be transferring the immigration (SEVIS) record to ODU so that ODU can issue an I-20. Contact the International Office for further information.

    Returning Graduate Student Readmission

    An Ohio Dominican University graduate student, whose attendance has been interrupted for a period of one semester or more, must apply for readmission through the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to resume academic work. Students are subject to graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission. An official transcript from any institution attended since leaving the University must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission.

    Students on official Academic Stop-Out do not need to apply for readmission.

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     Advanced Placement

    Ohio Dominican University grants advanced placement and University credit to entering students depending on the student’s score on the appropriate College Board Advanced Placement Examination. Official score reports must be sent directly to Ohio Dominican University (College Board code: 1131).  Students will be notified by the Registrar's Office of the credit or placement awarded.  Click here for ODU's AP credit granting policy. 

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     Attendance

    Students are expected to attend all classes. It is the responsibility of each instructor to make the class attendance policy known to students in the syllabus. Students choosing to ignore guidelines set by the instructor are responsible for the consequences that result, which range from grade reduction in the course to course failure. It is the instructor's responsibility to report violations of the attendance policy to the Assistant Dean for Student Success. Students who never attend a course during the drop/add period are to be reported to the Office of the Registrar immediately.

    Excused Absences for Participation in Intercollegiate Sports
    The University officially sponsors the following intercollegiate sports: cross country, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, track and field, and football. Before deciding to participate in a sport that necessitates absence from class, the student should carefully weigh the consequences of absences—even though officially excused—on his or her academic performance. Absences from class for participation in events in these sports will be considered excused absences, provided proper procedures are followed. Although an excused absence will not be counted by the professor as a class cut, it does not relieve the student from the responsibility of learning course materials. An excused absence simply means that the professor will not count the absence as a class cut.

    Furthermore, any absence prevents a student from participating fully in the "process" of a course. If a student determines that participation in athletics seriously interferes with his or her academic performance, he or she would be well advised not to participate. The student should rely heavily on the judgment of his or her professor and faculty advisor in cases when athletic participation appears to be jeopardizing his or her academic progress.

    As soon as a student is placed on the official roster, s/he will inform his or her professor that s/he will be participating in an intercollegiate sport, and will provide a schedule of games which may conflict with class schedules. The student will make provision for make-up exams and other requirements in advance of the examination date so that s/he is not penalized for the excused absence. For each absence the student will present an official excuse signed by the coach for the particular game which necessitates the absence. This policy includes travel time associated with scheduled games but excludes practice. Special provisions may be made in the event a team competes during the postseason.

    Adult & Continuing Education Attendance Policy
    Attendance is absolutely required and instructors must submit attendance records for each class session. While students occasionally miss a class for valid reasons, the fact remains that those students have missed critical class discussion, activities, and instructional time that cannot be replicated. In any event, students who miss or are planning to miss any class session are to contact their instructor immediately. It is important to remember that accelerated coursework means exchanging 16 weeks of coursework for six weeks, so a student missing one class is missing approximately 17% of the course. Therefore, a student can expect that missing one class will adversely affect his or her grade. The grade impact will be determined by the faculty member and will be clearly outlined in the course syllabus.
    Missing two or more classes will likely result in a failing grade. The decision will be determined by the faculty member and will be clearly outlined in the course syllabus.

    It is often a good decision to withdraw from a course if a student misses two class meetings. The first step is to talk with the instructor. If a student decides to drop the course, the student must contact his or her academic advisor directly either through a phone call or e-mail message. The academic advisor is the only Adult & Continuing Education staff member who can drop a student from a course. A student who simply stops attending, but never contacts an academic advisor, will receive a failing grade.

    Program Attendance
    : Federal regulations and Adult & Continuing Education policies require students to be in attendance based upon a specific formula. Students who are out-of-attendance for more than 29 consecutive days (including holidays and weekends) must have an approved leave of absence. Otherwise, the academic advisor is required to withdraw the student, at least temporarily, from the Program. If a withdrawal is required, the student will be notified through ODU e-mail. Tracking of attendance occurs in both the financial aid and academic advising offices. If a student knows or suspects he or she may be out of attendance for 29 or more consecutive days, he or she must contact an academic advisor immediately. 

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    Auditing a Course

    Current Ohio Dominican University undergraduate students may register as an auditor in many courses on a space available basis. Lab courses, art studio courses, student teaching and courses of this nature are excluded from this policy. Auditing students should consult with the professor of the course to determine expectations of the experience. Upon successful completion of those expectations, a grade of Y will be recorded. If, in the professor's judgment, the expectations have not been met, the instructor will recommend in writing to the Registrar that the student be administratively withdrawn, and a grade of W will be recorded. The auditing student earns no academic credit, and the grade is not calculated in the student's GPA. A fee is charged for auditing a course.

    Graduate alumni may audit a University graduate course on a space-available basis after all graduate students are registered. A fee is charged for auditing a course. This fee includes a parking permit. Books and supplies are the responsibility of the auditing alum. Alumni must have the necessary academic background to participate in the course, and the program director and instructor must approve the audit. No academic credit is earned.
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    Change in Student Instructional Format (Traditional to Adult & Continuing Education or Adult & Continuing Education to Traditional)

    A student in current attendance at the time the student wants to change from one instructional format to another (Adult & Continuing Education to traditional or traditional to Adult & Continuing Education ), should obtain a "Change of Student Type Form". The form can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or from the Registrar‘s page on myODU.

    A student not in attendance at the time the student wants to change from one instructional format to another, should apply for re-admission to the appropriate admission office based upon the format desired.
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    Classification of Undergraduate Students

    Classification of students by year is determined by the number of credits earned:

     

    Freshman 0-23 semester credit hours
    Sophomore              24-55 semester credit hours
    Junior 56-87 semester credit hours
    Senior 88+ semester credit hours
     

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    Classroom Civility

    Academic integrity demands that each member of the community treat all others with respect. The pursuit of truth in the Dominican tradition often occurs through disputation, discussion and debate. The exchange of ideas, and even the clash of opposing ideas, should lead both parties to a better understanding of the issue and provide each party with deeper insight. Thus, it is appropriate for a whole range of ideas to be aired in Dominican classrooms. Dominican scholars are expected to speak their minds openly, fully and responsibly, but they are also expected to listen to each other carefully, critically, and respectfully. All of us are partners in the search for truth.

    During classroom discussions students may argue points with passion, and debates may sometimes become heated. Students and faculty are cautioned to treat each other with respect and courtesy. The Dominican tradition demands that, even in heated circumstances, group members should treat each other with dignity. Verbal and non-verbal expressions of disrespect have no place in the classroom.

    It is the responsibility of the faculty member to facilitate the learning of all students, but learning cannot occur in an atmosphere of disorder or fear. Faculty members may establish and enforce behavioral standards for their classroom. Students who are not responsive to the faculty member, and who continue to be disruptive in class, may be immediately removed from the classroom and are subject to the charges of Disorderly/Disruptive Behavior or possibly, Intimidation/Harassment as described in the Student Handbook and Planner.

    If formal charges are brought forward, the Academic Disciplinary Hearing Procedure will be followed.

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    Core Seminars

    A common experience of a Dominican, liberal arts education at Ohio Dominican University includes a series of four speaking- and writing-attentive seminars. Undergraduates take one of the seminars each year of a four-year academic career.
           

    First-year Seminar CORE: What is Human Nature?      
    Second-year Seminar    CORE: What is the Common Good?    
    Third-year Seminar CORE: What is Justice? 
    Fourth-year Seminar CORE: What Truths have we Learned?   

     

    Students in all the sections of each seminar study one or more common texts. The first three seminars are interdisciplinary in that they approach the questions from different content areas and are taught by faculty with expertise in different disciplines. The fourth seminar is a capstone course taught by faculty in the student‘s own area. Either or both of the second and third seminars may satisfy the area studies or major requirements. The sophomore- and junior-level seminars are to be selected from different academic disciplines. They may, however, fulfill other degree requirements and/or major requirements. Transfer students will enter the series of seminars at the appropriate tier based on the number of credits transferred.

     

    Number of Transfer Credits         Seminar Entry Point   
    17 or less Freshman
    18 - 49 Sophomore
    50 or more Junior

    Students may register for additional seminars at the 200- and 300-level beyond the number required provided space is available. CORE 179 is reserved for first-time freshmen only and transfer students with 17 or fewer transfer credits.

    The seminars collectively provide students with a distinctively Dominican education. The seminars exemplify the university‘s rich history and mission and were inspired by the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, community, ministry, and study (see page 6 for a history of ODU and its relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Peace).

    The seminars also serve as the foundation for a liberal arts education. The word liber means ―free‖ in Latin, and the liberal arts were studied by people free from labor. These people had the luxury of studying subjects that are not necessary for a particular trade. These liberal arts historically have been prized for the sake of knowledge and self-cultivation. The communication and critical thinking skills developed by a liberal arts education will serve students well in their careers, but a liberal arts education at ODU provides more than professional training. ODU envisions the formation of the whole person as a thinking and self-aware individual, with a dignity and value not based on economic utility but on the individual‘s capacity to wonder, to reason, and to analyze. As the late Pope John Paul II has written, students at a Catholic university "are challenged to pursue an education that combines excellence in humanistic and cultural development with specialized professional training."

    The topics of the seminars are framed as questions because the first movement of the human mind is to wonder and to ponder. Students should not expect to answer questions with slogans or clichés. Rather, the seminars prepare students for a lifelong exploration of perennial questions about the human condition. As the central curricular expressions of ODU's mission, the seminars include study of how important thinkers in the Catholic and Dominican tradition have responded to the questions. Students also study responses from outside this tradition.

    The seminars promote the seven learning outcomes of an ODU education. Given the importance of the seminars to ODU's mission, the University is committed to ensuring that they have low student-teacher ratios and are taught primarily by full-time faculty.

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    Credit by Examination

    Ohio Dominican University participates in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which provides a means by which students can receive credit for work completed outside the formal academic process. The College-Level Examination Program consists of computer-based exams that enable students of all ages to earn college credit by examination. Each exam is 90 to 120 minutes long and no more than two exams may be taken on a single day. For the exact provisions of these exams and areas of credit accepted by Ohio Dominican University, interested students should contact the Registrar's Office. No limit is placed on the number of semester hours that can be gained through CLEP exams; however, these credits do not count toward the Ohio Dominican University‘s residency requirements. A fee is charged to record CLEP credit on the student's transcript.  Click here for ODU's CLEP granting policy.

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    Cross-Registration - Undergraduate

    Undergraduate students may take a 500-level graduate course in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, the Master of Education Program, and the MBA Program if they meet the following requirements:

    1. Senior status
    2. 3.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program; 3.000 grade point average (GPA) in business courses for the MBA Programs; 3.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the Master of Education Program.
    3. Permission of the Undergraduate Advisor
    4. Permission of the Graduate Program Director
    5. Completion of the Cross-Registration Permission form and submission of the form to the Office of the Registrar.

    No undergraduate student may take more than two 500-level graduate courses. The courses will be listed as graduate courses; however, students will receive undergraduate credit and will be charged tuition at the undergraduate rate.

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    Cross-Registration - Graduate

    Graduate students in a master‘s program at Ohio Dominican University may find that a course offered in one of the other graduate programs would be an appropriate elective toward their degree requirements. Acceptance into a graduate course in a program in which one is not matriculating requires the consent of the advisor, both program directors, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. In addition, the director of the student‘s program matriculation must give approval for the course credits to be applied toward program requirements. Students must complete a Graduate Student Request for Credit in ODU Course Taken Outside of Program form. This form may be obtained from the Registrar‘s Office or online from the Registrar‘s Page on myODU.

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    Cross-Registration (The Higher Education Council of Columbus)

    Ohio Dominican University, in association with The Higher Education Council of Columbus (HECC), an organization of 11 colleges and universities in Franklin County, participates in a system of cross-registration for regularly enrolled, full-time undergraduate students. The other member colleges and universities are Capital University, Central Ohio Technical College, The Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus State Community College, DeVry Institute of Technology, Franklin University, Mt. Carmel College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Otterbein College and Pontifical College Josephinum.

    Cross-registration enables an eligible student seeking to enrich his or her educational experience to register at one of the other HECC member institutions on a space-available basis for certain credit courses not available at the home institution.

    Cross-registration is limited to one course per term, with a maximum of three cross-registered courses. The student pays tuition to Ohio Dominican University. The student may be charged other enrollment-related fees, e.g., laboratory fees or parking fees, by the host institution. A grade for the course taken at the host institution will be posted on the student's home institution transcript. Cross-registration is not available for summer sessions.

    A student interested in cross registering for a course must obtain approval from his or her academic advisor and from both the home and host institutions' registrars. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the host institution's calendar, course schedule, course content and credits are compatible with his or her goals and the home institution's requirements. Credit earned through this program does not count toward ODU‘s residency requirement. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more detailed information.

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    Dean's List

    Ohio Dominican University is proud to recognize the superior academic achievement of its full-time undergraduate students. Each semester student achievement is recognized by publication of the Dean‘s List. To be included on the Dean‘s List, a student must be full-time and achieve a term GPA of 3.500 or better based on successful completion of a minimum of 12 graded semester credits. A student with any term grade of incomplete (I) is not eligible for the Dean‘s List.

    Part-time undergraduate students are not considered for the Dean’s List. A Dean’s List is not considered appropriate for the graduate programs.

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    Directed Study

    Undergraduate Students
    A Directed Study provides an undergraduate student with the opportunity to complete a course from the course catalog by working individually with a professor. It is distinct from an Independent Study, which may be arranged when a qualified student wants to pursue a course of study not offered in the course catalog.

    A request for a Directed Study will be considered for approval only if the student is in the last four semesters of his/her university career and needs the requested course to graduate. Such student must be in good academic standing and making reasonable progress toward degree completion. Directed Study requests should be submitted only when the student cannot take the regularly scheduled course or when the course is not available and when the transient credit option cannot be arranged or is not a reasonable option. That is, a Directed Study is the option of last resort.

    The procedure for arranging a Directed Study is as follows:

    1. Student consults with the faculty advisor, who signs the Directed Study Request Form if he/she approves of this option.
    2. Student submits the signed Directed Study Request Form for approval to the Dean or Chair of the division responsible for the needed course. 
    3. If the request is approved, the Dean or Chair contacts an appropriate faculty member about offering the Directed Study. If the faculty member agrees, the Dean or Chair lists the student and faculty involved and sends the Directed Study Request Form to the Registrar who will check the form for completion and forward it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) for approval. If the faculty member is unable or unwilling to offer the Directed Study, the Dean or Chair will make every effort to find another qualified instructor, either a full-time faculty member or an adjunct instructor. 
    4. If the VPAA approves the Directed Study request, he/she directs the Registrar to create the Directed Study and register the student. 
    5. Registrar informs VPAA when this is completed; VPAA reports back to the Dean or Chair. 
    6. The Directed Study Request Form must be completed, approved, and filed in the Registrar‘s Office before the "Last Day to Add a Course" for the given semester. 
    7. Instructor and student/s make arrangements for the delivery of the Directed Study.

    A Directed Study request will not be approved for the following reasons:

    1. to help a student finish a second major or minor
    2. to repeat a failed course
    3. to avoid taking a course at an inconvenient time
    4. to ease a heavy course load
    5. to relieve scheduling difficulties that result when the student was properly advised by the faculty advisor but, a) failed to take required courses in proper sequence, or b) failed to take a course when it was previously offered

    Upon successful completion of the Directed Study, the course will be recorded on the student‘s transcript with the standard course prefix and number (i.e., PSY-350).

     

    Graduate Students 

    A Directed Study provides a graduate student with the opportunity to complete a course from the course catalog by working individually with a professor. It is distinct from an Independent Study, which may be arranged when a qualified student wants to pursue a course of study not offered in the course catalog.

    Such student must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation) and making reasonable progress toward degree completion. Directed Study requests should be submitted only when the student cannot take the regularly scheduled course or when the course is not available and when the transient credit option cannot be arranged or is not a reasonable option. That is, a Directed Study is the option of last resort.

    The procedure for arranging a Directed Study is as follows:

    1. Student consults with his or her Program Director, who signs the Directed Study Request Form if he/she approves of this option. 
    2. Student submits the signed Directed Study Request Form for approval to the Program Director of the program in which the needed course resides. 
    3. If the request is approved, the Program Director contacts an appropriate faculty member about offering the Directed Study. If the faculty member agrees, the Program Director lists the student and faculty involved and sends the Directed Study Request Form to the Registrar who will check the form for completion and forward it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) for approval. If the faculty member is unable or unwilling to offer the Directed Study, the Program Director will make every effort to find another qualified instructor, either a full-time faculty member or an adjunct instructor.
    4. If the VPAA approves the Directed Study request, he/she directs the Registrar to create the Directed Study and register the student. 
    5. Registrar informs VPAA when this is completed; VPAA reports back to the Program Director. 
    6. The Directed Study Request Form must be completed, approved, and filed in the Registrar‘s Office before the "Last Day to Add a Course" for the given semester. 
    7. Instructor and student/s make arrangements for the delivery of the Directed Study.

    A Directed Study request will not be approved for the following reasons:

    1. to repeat a failed course 
    2. to avoid taking a course at an inconvenient time 
    3. to ease a heavy course load 
    4. to relieve scheduling difficulties that result when the student was properly advised by the faculty advisor but, a) failed to take required courses in proper sequence, or b) failed to take a course when it was previously offered

    Upon successful completion of the Directed Study, the course will be recorded on the student’s transcript with the standard course prefix and number (i.e., MBA 620).

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    GPA – Grade Point Average

    The grade point average (GPA) is an important indicator of academic performance. A student's GPA is determined by multiplying the grade points by the number of credits in the course; adding the total number of grade points earned; dividing this total by the number of credits attempted (excluding grades of K, L, P, W, WF, WP, X, Y and Z). The following table illustrates a typical calculation.

     

    Courses            Grades       Credits
    Attempted       
    Grade
    Points       
    GPA
    ENG 110 B+ 3 9.99  
    ECN 207 A 3 12.00  
    SPN 111 B 3 9.00  
    MTH 121        C 3 6.00  
    Totals   12 36.99 3.083

    Decisions regarding placement on the Dean's List, Probation and other Academic Standing are based on a student's GPA earned at Ohio Dominican. Courses transferred from other institutions are not calculated into the ODU GPA.

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    Grading Policies

    Incomplete Grades 

    An "I" should only be given to a student who is otherwise passing the course, but who encounters significant challenges late in the semester that require him or her to miss assignments or tests. Medical, family or legal issues are some examples of challenges a student might encounter. The incomplete is only for special and legitimate circumstances for a student who would otherwise be expected to pass the course.

    The grade of "I" indicates that certain work remains to be completed before a student can receive a grade for a particular course. Permission to receive a grade of "I" is granted by the Division Chairperson for undergraduate students and by the Program Director for graduate students upon the recommendation of the course instructor. Failure to complete the coursework by the deadline results in a grade of "F" for the course. This deadline is the mid-term date of the subsequent semester of the regular academic year and at the end of four weeks for the Adult & Continuing Education program. Students and faculty should consult the University Academic Calendar for the exact date. Incomplete Grade request forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

    In accelerated programs, no more than one course with an incomplete grade may be accumulated at one time. Students whose incomplete courses exceed this level will be restricted from further registration until incomplete coursework is completed.

    Depending on the program of study, students may not be able to take the next course in the sequence if the incomplete grade is in a course that is a prerequisite to the next course.

    FX Grade 

    The "FX" grade is given to students who fail a course due to non-attendance. This grade is given when students do not officially drop a course but cease to attend the course prior to the completion of 75% of the enrollment period. For a 16 week course, this point occurs prior to the completion of the 12th week. For an eight week course, this point occurs prior to the completion of the sixth week. The faculty member is instructed to enter the last date of attendance and the "FX" grade on the final grade roster in ODU Online. The "FX" grade, like the "F" grade, is used in calculating the grade point average.

      

    Pass/Fail Option 

    Undergraduate students in good standing may register for courses on a pass/fail basis. An undergraduate student may take up to 3 credits of coursework per semester using this grading option. The course may only be an elective course. Courses that are prerequisites for required courses are not considered electives. A grade of "P" will carry credit toward fulfilling graduation requirements but will not be used in computing the GPA. A grade of "F", however, is computed in the GPA. The option must be selected within the first four weeks of the course during a regular semester or before the third meeting of the class in a course shorter than a semester in length. Request forms are available in the Office of the Registrar. 


    Repeating a Course 

    Once a student has completed a course, he or she may repeat that course one time. An undergraduate student who wishes to repeat a course for a second time must petition the Academic Standing Committee through the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA). For repeated courses, the final grade earned will be computed in the grade point average, though all grades will appear on the official transcript. If a graduate student repeats a required course and fails it, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

    Repeat policies may vary from graduate program to graduate program. Please consult your graduate program section of this catalog for any additional information.

    Report of Grades 

    The Registrar makes available through ODU Online a report of student grades. The grades are reported at the end of each semester for traditional term-based courses; and at the end of each course for Adult & Continuing Education courses.

    Undergraduate students may have their mid-term and final grades mailed to their parents by completing an Authorization to Release Mid-Term and Final Grades to Parents form available in the Registrar's Office or online through myODU. Students must annually submit this form to the Registrar‘s Office to continue to have their grades sent to their parents.

    Final grades may be appealed up to six months from the time a course ends. The appeal must be in writing, approved by the faculty member and appropriate Dean, and on file in the Registrar‘s Office within this six month time frame.

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    Grading System (Undergraduate)

    At the end of each term, the student receives a final grade for each course. The academic standing of the student is determined by a point system in which points are assigned for each course according to the grade earned. The grading and point system at Ohio Dominican University is as follows:

     

    Grade    Grade Points 
    A Superior 4.00
    A-   3.67
    B+   3.33
    B Above Average 3.00
    B-   2.67
    C+   2.33
    C Average 2.00
    C-   1.67
    D+   1.33
    D Poor 1.00
    D-   0.67
    F Failure 0.00
    FX Failure due to non-attendance 0.00
    I Incomplete 0.00
    K Credit from another institution 0.00
    L Experiential Learning/Prior Leanrning       0.00
    P Pass 0.00
    W Withdrawal 0.00
    WP Withdrew with passing grade 0.00
    WF Withdrew with failing grade 0.00
    X Non-credit course 0.00
    Y Audit 0.00
    Z Credit by examiniation 0.00

     

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    Grading System (Graduate)

    At the end of each term, the student receives a final grade for each course. The academic standing of the student is determined by a point system in which points are assigned for each course according to the grade earned. The grading and point system at Ohio Dominican University is as follows:

     

    Grade    Grade Points 
    A Superior 4.00
    A-   3.67
    B+   3.33
    B Above average                                        3.00
    B-   2.67
    C+   2.33
    C Minimal Performance 2.00
    F Failure 0.00
    I Incomplete 0.00
    K Credit from another institution 0.00
    P Pass 0.00
    W Withdrawal 0.00
    WP Withdrew with passing grade 0.00
    WF Withdrew with failing grade 0.00
    Y Audit 0.00

     

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    Graduation

    Ohio Dominican University has three graduation dates—August, December and May and two graduation ceremonies—December and May. All degree requirements must be completed in advance of the graduation date if a degree is to be awarded.

    Applications for Graduation

    Applications for Graduation are requested at least one semester prior to the semester that the student plans to graduate. The student must submit an Application for Graduation through ODU Online and it must be filed in accordance with the deadline date stated in the University Academic Calendar. Students who want to receive their degrees must complete an Application for Graduation even if they do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

    An application fee is required and will automatically be charged to the student's account. The application fee is refundable if the student does not graduate or it can be transferred to the next term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements. All Commencement regalia are available for purchase at the University Bookstore.

    Applications are valid only for the term for which they are submitted. The following steps and minimum requirements must be satisfied in order for a student to be considered an applicant for graduation:

    1. Complete the Application for Graduation through ODU Online
    2. The student should print a copy of his/her Program Evaluation (Degree Audit) from ODU Online and discuss any requirements not indicated as Completed or In Progress with his/her Academic Advisor. The student should apply for graduation at least one semester before the semester he/she plans to graduate to ensure all requirements have been met. 
    3. The student must submit an RSVP for Baccalaureate and Commencement attendance by the date specified on the graduation website. 
    4. All degree requirements must be completed prior to the date of graduation. 
    5. All financial and academic holds must be removed for the student to receive a diploma or transcripts.

    All Commencement Ceremonies are held in Alumni Hall.

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    Graduation with Distinction

    Students who complete their undergraduate academic program at Ohio Dominican University, and who have demonstrated consistent excellence in their studies, are recognized at graduation according to the following guidelines:

    • Bachelor's degree: a minimum of 60 semester credits in courses that have earned quality points (i.e. courses graded A through F) completed at Ohio Dominican University with a GPA of the following:
      3.90--Summa cum laude        3.70--Magna cum laude        3.50--Cum laude 
    • Associate's degree: a minimum of 24 semester credits completed at Ohio Dominican University with a GPA of 3.50--with Honors
    • Students who complete the Honors Program receive special recognition during the commencement exercises.

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    Honors Program

    The Honors Program at Ohio Dominican University is designed for high-ability, motivated undergraduate students. Honors-designated courses will be offered to specifically challenge and engage students in the program. Through the curriculum, the program will provide learning experiences that:

    • Explore the integration of concepts within and among disciplines.
    • Empower students to become intentional learners.
    • Engage students actively in the learning process.
    • Encourage students to interact with faculty and with one another, both inside and outside the classroom.
    • Emphasize depth and thoroughness of understanding.
    • More information may be found at www.ohiodominican.edu/honors

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    Independent Study

    Independent study is designed to give the student an opportunity to do intensive individual work on a topic beyond those included in the course offerings of the University (all independent studies must be at the 286, 386, 486, or 686 level). The student must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed two courses in the field of the independent course. Approval is required from the supervising faculty member, the academic advisor, the division Chairperson or Dean of the division in which the course would be housed, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the independent study is for Honors, approval of the Honors Director is also required. Graduate students must have the approval of the Program Director, the supervising faculty member, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Approvals must be obtained prior to registration. Request forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

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    Internships

    Internships at Ohio Dominican University are customized programs that enrich a student‘s education by integrating professionally related work experience with a major area of academic study. Internships can be either individual or team intern programs. Individual programs carefully match a student‘s experience needs and individual talents with a specific work assignment or project at the employing organization. Team internships provide team members with a specific project or problem-solving assignment using a consultancy approach, which provides the employing organization with a finished "package" as a solution upon completion of the assignment. While most internships are off-campus experiences, some experiences may be available on campus.

    Internships give students exposure to a professional work setting and information about job options and opportunities. They promote a sense of professional maturity and independence, while dramatically increasing opportunities for career placement upon graduation. Many interns are offered permanent employment upon or even prior to graduation. Classroom ideas can be tested and tempered in a job setting that encourages learning and individual growth.

    Although exact requirements may vary from major to major, internships for course credit generally require that the student:

    • Be in good academic standing
    • Be willing to accept a work assignment in any geographic location
    • Be a full-time student
    • Be at least a sophomore based upon completed credit hours

    Internships are considered an integral part of the student‘s learning and growth during their tenure at ODU. ODU actively builds relationships with businesses and other organizations in order to provide a wide variety of choices and opportunities for student interns. Request forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

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    Major and Minor – Undergraduate Students

    A major concentration in a specific field of study is required for graduation. The requirements for each major are set by the division in which the major is housed and may consist of courses both within and outside the division. The number of credits and the number of specific courses required vary from major to major. Students should consult the Undergraduate Programs and Degree Requirements listings in the center section of the catalog for exact requirements.

    Students wanting to declare or change a major should obtain a Declaration/Change of Major form from the Office of the Registrar or online from the Registrar‘s Department page on myODU. The Chairperson or Dean of the division in which the major resides must sign this form. The division Chairperson or Dean will assign each student to an academic advisor who will assist the student in selecting appropriate courses for the anticipated degree program. Students must complete 12 credit hours in the major at Ohio Dominican. All majors require the attainment of at least a 2.00 GPA in the major field for graduation.

    Academic minors are available to students who are working toward the baccalaureate degree. Most academic disciplines offer a minor, which consists of a minimum of 20 semester credits.

    Students who wish to pursue an academic minor must also make a formal declaration of their intent to minor in a specific discipline after consultation with their major academic advisors. A grade point average of 2.00 must be maintained in the minor field while a minimum of 12 semester credits in the minor must be completed at Ohio Dominican University. The specific requirements for a minor are listed under the Undergraduate Programs and Degree Requirements listings.
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    Registration

    Undergraduate Registration

    The University notifies new freshmen and transfer students of registration dates and registers them for their first semester courses. Advanced registration is held for continuing students midway through each semester; the University Academic Calendar in this catalog provides these dates. Programs of study must be planned and approved by the student's academic advisor. After their first semester of enrollment, students are expected to complete their subsequent registrations through ODU Online. Final responsibility for registration decisions rests with the student. A late registration fee is charged for late registration.

    Students should be registered for online/distance courses one week prior to the start date of the course.

    Adult & Continuing Education students are registered by their academic advisor and must attend an orientation program. Drop and Add Requests are also processed by the Adult & Continuing Education academic advisors.

    Change of Registration – Drop/Add

    Using ODU Online, non-Adult & Continuing Education students may make necessary changes in registration. The University strongly recommends that students discuss any changes with their academic advisor. The change of registration must be entered through ODU Online or processed by the Office of the Registrar to be considered official. Failure to follow published University policies and procedures could result in a grade of F and full tuition charges for a course not properly dropped.

    A grade cannot be recorded for a course that is not properly added to a student's schedule. Students are advised to check their course schedule on ODU Online to make sure they are registered in the courses chosen.

    Students may drop courses without academic penalty during the time periods indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Students dropping within the prescribed period and following the official procedure will receive a grade of W on their transcripts. Dates after which courses may not be added or dropped are also indicated in the University calendar. Students who cease to attend classes after the drop period or who fail to complete the drop process will receive an F for the course.

    Dates for withdrawal from half-semester courses are published in the University Academic Calendar. Dates for withdrawal from summer session courses vary with the length of the course and are published in the University Academic Calendar.

    Ceasing to attend a course or informing a faculty member or an advisor of the intention to drop a course does not constitute an official drop.

    Waitlist Procedures and Regulations

    The Office of the Registrar maintains a Waitlist for closed course sections. The Waitlist policy is outlined below—

    • During the registration process, students may place their names on the Waitlist for a closed course section for which they desire to enroll. Only students taking the course for credit may be placed on the waitlist.
    • Waitlisted students are not considered registered for the course section for which they have been waitlisted.
    • As openings become available in a closed class, students will be added to the class from the Waitlist in chronological order and notified by ODU e-mail of this change in their registration.
    • The student schedules printed through ODU Online lists the courses for which students are Waitlisted.
    • Once the semester begins, no movement from the Waitlist to a closed course section will occur. At this point, students who are still on the Waitlist are advised to choose an alternative course in case they are not accepted into the closed course section. Only the course instructor may accept students into a closed course section and cannot do so until the course meets for the first time. Students on a Waitlist who wish to enroll in a closed course section must attend the first class meeting of the course. Students will be accepted on a space available basis in accordance with their position on the Waitlist. If a student is accepted by the instructor into a closed course section, the instructor and the student must complete and sign a Change of Registration form to indicate the student‘s acceptance into the course. It is the student’s responsibility to take the Change of Registration form to the Office of the Registrar to be processed. Failure to do this will result in the student not being registered for the course.

    Graduate Student Registration

    Officially admitted non-Adult & Continuing Education graduate students may register as soon as their programs of study have been planned and approved by their Graduate Program Director. Students are contacted by the Registrar's Office regarding registration once they have submitted their tuition deposit to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Students will register online through ODU Online for all subsequent semesters. All changes in registration (drop, add and withdrawal) are made by students through ODU Online. Students are expected to complete their registration before the start of classes for the term and hold the final responsibility for registration and drop/add decisions.

    Adult & Continuing Education graduate students are registered for all required courses by their academic advisors during an official, mandatory student orientation and registration session. Before any registration activity, Adult & Continuing Education graduate students must attend an orientation program.

    Registration Holds

    Registration is not permitted for students with academic or financial holds on their records.

    Change of Registration

    Necessary changes in registration may be made after consulting with an advisor. The Change of Registration must be processed through ODU Online in order to be official. Failure to follow the Change of Registration procedure will result in a grade of F and full tuition charges for a course not properly dropped.

    A grade cannot be recorded for a course that is not properly added through ODU Online. Students are advised to check their course schedule on ODU Online to make sure they are registered for the correct courses.

    Students may drop courses without academic penalty during the time periods indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Students dropping courses within the prescribed period and following the official procedure will receive a grade of W on their transcripts. Dates after which courses may not be added or dropped are also indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Students who cease to attend classes after the drop period or who fail to complete the drop process will receive an F for the course.

    Adult & Continuing Education graduate students should contact the Adult & Continuing Education Office if a change in registration or cohort calendar becomes necessary.

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    Residency Requirement

    For the bachelor's degree, students must complete 32 of the last 60 credits at Ohio Dominican University. Students must also complete 12 credits in the major at Ohio Dominican University. For the associate's degree, students must complete 24 credits at Ohio Dominican University; students must also complete 12 credits in the major at Ohio Dominican University. Students choosing to complete a minor must complete 12 credits of the minor at Ohio Dominican University. Transient, CLEP and other tests resulting in credit, and portfolio coursework are not counted toward the residency requirement. The Pre-Nursing Program has a separate residency requirement; please refer to the Pre-Nursing section of this bulletin for additional information.

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    ROTC - Capital University

    In cooperation with Capital University, Ohio Dominican University is able to offer ROTC to students.  Students attend the Military Science courses at Capital and have the option to have a limited number of these courses apply to the students’ ODU degree.  Please see Cross-Registration (HECC) and/or Transient Credit – Undergrad Students (located on this page) for more information regarding the process to request approval for these courses to apply toward the ODU degree and the credit limitations.  Regardless of the credit limitations for the ODU degree, students may take as many Military Science courses as desired. 
     
    Capital University
    Military Science and Leadership
    Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
     

    Courses in the department at the 100- and 200-level are open to all students who seek to learn more about the Army, contemporary military issues, leadership and citizenship. There is no military obligation for students in the first two years of the program. 

    Students learn through a combination of classroom instruction and experiential training and education. In the classroom, students learn of the history, traditions and values necessary to be a successful leader in the United States Army and in other professions. Basic soldier skills such as first aid, survival and land navigation are also taught. Students practice their leadership skills during a weekly leadership lab. 

    Qualified students interested in obtaining a commission in the United States Army, the National Guard or the Army Reserve may enroll in the Army ROTC classes through a contract agreement between Capital University and the United States Army. 

    Students may apply for Army ROTC scholarships. The United States Army typically funds a variety of two-, three- and four-year scholarships for highly qualified applicants. Contact the department for scholarship applications, a summary of the qualifications and the application deadlines. 

    Capital University is recognized as a partner in Nursing Education by the U.S. Army. Nursing students may qualify for Army nursing scholarships funded by the U.S. Army. Contact the department for scholarship applications, a summary of the qualifications and the application deadlines. 

    For additional information on course offerings, program requirements and scholarship opportunities, contact the department of Military Science and
    Leadership at Capital University, (614) 236-7114; FAX (614) 236-7101.

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    Service-Learning

    Service-Learning is a way of learning that integrates service to the community into the academic curriculum. Faculty teaching courses with a service-learning component work with the Office of Academic Affairs to identify community-based organizations who serve as "partners" for the course, providing students with the opportunity to meet a community need that relates to the learning objectives of the course. Faculty provide opportunities for students to think, talk and write about the service experience as it correlates with course content. Connecting learning with meeting community needs enhances students‘ personal development, awareness about societal and civic issues, and lifelong commitment to active citizenship.

    Courses with a service-learning component are infused throughout the curriculum, in a wide variety of disciplines such as art, education, sociology, social work, English, economics, accounting, political science, humanities, philosophy, and psychology.

    The Office of Campus Ministry serves as the campus clearinghouse for community service. Campus Ministry also maintains an active council of faculty, staff, students, alumni and neighborhood residents who support campus efforts in the areas of service-learning, outreach to the community, respect for diversity and education for leadership in service.
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    Student Load

    The ordinary full-time undergraduate student load is 12–18 semester credits. The student's academic advisor must approve overloads, and there is a per semester credit hour charge in excess of 18 credits in a single semester. Overloads are not recommended for students with grade point averages less than 3.00. The ordinary academic load for the summer term is 6-12 semester credits. Summer courses are charged on a per credit basis.

    The full-time student load for graduate students enrolled in a term format graduate program is six to nine semester hours. The half-time student load for graduate students enrolled in a term format graduate program is three semester hours.

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    Student Name and Address Changes

    Name changes must be accompanied by official, legal, and supporting documentation (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court document). The name change request must be consistent with all documentation indicating how the official name should appear. No paper or electronic academic record will be changed without this documentation. This process applies to current students, former students, re-admitted students, and graduate students who have previously attended ODU either as undergraduate or graduate students. The supporting documentation must be either the original document or a notarized copy of the original document. The office will copy the original document and return it to the student.

    Address changes cannot be made online or by telephone. A student must complete the Change of Address form available in the Registrar's Office or on the MyODU Registrar‘s departmental page. E-mail changes will be accepted if the change is sent using the student‘s ODU email address.
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    Teacher Licensure

    Licensure Authorization:

    Ohio Dominican University is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to prepare teachers in the following fields:

    Early Childhood (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3)
    Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9)
    Intervention Specialist: (K-12)
            Mild/Moderate Educational Needs
            Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs
    Adolescent to Young Adult Programs (Grades 7-12)
            Integrated Language Arts
            Integrated Mathematics
            Integrated Science
            Integrated Social Studies
            Science - Single Field:    
                    Chemistry
                    Life Science
    Multi-Age: (PreK-12)
            Arts Education
            TESOL (Graduate level only)
    Endorsement:
            Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) (Undergraduate level and Graduate level)
            Middle Childhood Education Generalist (Grades 4-6)
            Reading
            TESOL (Graduate level only)
            Teacher Leader (Graduate level only)

    Requirements for All Teacher Licensure Programs:All teacher licensure programs include a variety of experiences in PreK-12. It is the responsibility of the student to provide his/her own transportation to the assigned field site as needed.

    All students seeking teacher licensure must fulfill the following requirements:

     

    1. Before participating in any field experience, students must submit documentation of reports from both the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII); and, a background report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The cost of the background checks is the student‘s responsibility. FBI and BCII reports must be dated within 365 days of the beginning of any placement and must be on file with the Division of Education (Spangler 112) prior to the start of placements. 
    2. Before enrolling in education (EDU) courses at the 200-level or above, students must meet the following requirements: 
          
      1. Satisfactorily complete the appropriate Introduction to Teaching course:
        1. EDU 103 (early childhood);
        2. EDU 105 (middle childhood);
        3. EDU 110 (intervention specialist);
        4. EDU 112 (adolescent-to-young adult and multi-age).
          EDU 103, 105 or 110 may be taken during a student's first year and have no prerequisites (except for the BCII/FBI reports).
         
      2. Pay the Business Office $100 for a subscription to TK20, a comprehensive, outcome-based assessment system; 
      3. Submit an application and essay using the TK20 system; 
      4. Pass all sections of the Praxis I; [Passing scores are—Reading 173, Writing 172, and Mathematics 172. Students with ACT scores of 24 or higher or SAT scores of 1650 or higher are exempt from taking the Praxis I]; 
      5. Obtain three satisfactory evaluations from university professors or cooperating teachers; 
      6. Earn a 2.500 cumulative GPA and a 2.500 GPA in the major and concentration/s. 
    3. To continue taking education (EDU) courses, students must maintain a 2.500 (or higher) cumulative GPA, a 2.500 GPA in major/concentrations, and a 2.500 in education (EDU) courses.
    4. Before student teaching, students must meet the following requirements:
      1. Submit a student teaching application using the TK20 system; 
      2. Earn a grade of C or better in a college-level math course, in a college-level English composition course, and in each professional education course (note: C- is lower than a C); 
      3. Obtain satisfactory evaluations from cooperating teachers and University instructors in all required field experiences; 
      4. Submit background reports from both the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The cost of the background checks is the student‘s responsibility. Students who apply for a teaching license within one year of having the background checks done may use these reports for student teaching and for licensure. To be used for licensure the reports must be sent electronically to the Ohio Board of Regents. This will happen automatically if the student indicates that the reason for fingerprinting is teacher certification/licensure.
    5. Before applying for a teaching license, a student must meet the following requirements:
      1. Pass all required Praxis II exams. Praxis II scores must be sent to Ohio Dominican University; 
      2. Submit background reports from both the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). See 4d above; 
      3. Earn a bachelor's degree and complete all licensure program requirements.
    6. To apply for a teaching license, a student must:
      1. Meet requirements listed above; 
      2. Download an application form for an initial teaching license in Ohio from the Ohio Department of Education website: http://www.ode.state.oh.us.
      3. Bring the completed application with a check for the application fee to Ohio Dominican University‘s Office of the Registrar; 
      4. The Registrar will send the submitted application to the Ohio Board of Regents.
       

    For licensure requirements in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state. Out-of-State licensure applications are also submitted to Ohio Dominican University‘s Office of the Registrar.

    Students for whom English is a second language must achieve a TOEFL score of 500/173 or higher to enroll in 100-level education courses and a 550/213 TOEFL score to enroll in any 200-level education courses.

    Transfer/continuing education students may be required to submit references and/or appropriate documentation of previous educational experiences.

    Students accepted into the Education Division will be subject to annual review by the Division in consultation with appropriate persons. Only those who have maintained the above standards will be permitted to continue in the Education Program and register for student teaching.

    Each teacher education student is responsible for his/her transportation to and from field experience sites and fees for all required Praxis Tests, fingerprinting, and licensure application fees.

    Acceptance into the teacher licensure program is granted without regard to race, gender, political affiliation, religion, age, or socioeconomic status. A disability can disqualify a student from the teacher licensure program only if it prevents the student from completing an essential program requirement.

    Holders of teacher certificates or licensures seeking additional licensure:A student holding a bachelor's degree and a current teacher certification or license who wishes to earn an additional license at ODU must:

    1. Fulfill all requirements listed above except those pertaining to Praxis I.
    2. Complete a minimum of 50% of the required coursework at ODU.

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    Transcripts

    Student official transcripts may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. The request for transcripts must be in writing; transcripts cannot be issued without a written request from the student. Transcripts are not issued for students who have not met their financial or other obligations to Ohio Dominican University. For additional information and a transcript request form, please go to http://www.ohiodominican.edu/Transcripts.

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    Transfer Credit  (Undergraduate Students)

    The Registrar awards transfer credit on a course-by-course basis. The maximum number of semester credits accepted for a bachelor's degree by Ohio Dominican University from two-year institutions is 68. This number includes transfer credit and transient credit. Regardless of the number of credits acceptable for transfer, residency requirements mandate a minimum of 32 semester credits earned at Ohio Dominican for the bachelor's degree and a minimum of 24 for an associate's degree. The Pre-Nursing Program has a separate residency requirement; please refer to the Pre-Nursing section for more details. Credit is awarded only on the basis of official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and universities and for grades of C- or above. Such transfer credit does not become part of the cumulative grade point average.

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    Transient Credit (Undergraduate Students)

    Enrolled degree candidates are expected to do all coursework at Ohio Dominican University. In special cases, permission will be given to continuing students in good academic standing to take specific courses at other institutions. Transient coursework must be approved prior to enrollment by the student's academic advisor and the Registrar.

    The following rules apply for transient credit:

    1. Students with less than a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are not eligible to take work as a transient student.
    2. Students may not use transient work to replace any ODU coursework failed or successfully completed.
    3. Students must process the petition and receive approval before enrolling in coursework at another institution. No petitions will be processed retroactively.
    4. Students in their first semester at Ohio Dominican University may not petition and are ineligible for transient work.
    5. A maximum of 68 semester credits (including transfer credits and transient credits) from a two –year institution will be accepted toward the 124 semester hours required for the bachelor‘s degree.
    6. Students may not be transient in their final term. Students with extreme circumstances must provide final official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar by mid-term of their final term. Failure will result in the student forfeiting graduation until the next successive semester. Students forfeiting their scheduled graduation must file a new graduation application.
    7. Thirty-two of the last 60 credits must be taken in residence at ODU. Transient credit cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
    8. Students will be notified by e-mail as to the approval or denial of their petition. The advisor's signature does not constitute approval of the petition.
    9. Permission will not be given if equivalent courses are available at Ohio Dominican University.
    10. A fee per semester credit is charged for each transient credit that is added to a student's transcript.
    11. Official transcripts of transient coursework must be provided to the Registrar. The actual letter grade is recorded, and the grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average.
    12. A maximum of 12 semester credits earned by transient credit can be applied to graduation requirements.

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    Transfer/Transient Credit (Graduate Students)

    The maximum number of transfer or transient credits a graduate student may receive is nine semester hours. Only courses with grades of B or better from regionally accredited graduate institutions will be considered. Transfer credit is awarded by petitioning the Program Director of the student‘s graduate program at the time of acceptance into the graduate program. Credit is awarded only on the basis of official transcripts from regionally accredited graduate programs.

    Students who have begun an ODU master‘s program who wish to apply for transient credit must petition their Program Director prior to registering for a graduate course through a regionally accredited graduate program. Permission to take a transient course will not be granted if equivalent courses are available at ODU. A fee per semester credit is charged for each transient credit that is added to a student‘s transcript. Official transcripts of such work must be provided to the University Registrar. The actual letter grade is recorded, and the grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average.

    A maximum of nine semester hours earned through transfer or transient credit can be applied to graduation requirements. Forms for applying for transient credit are available through the Office of the Registrar or from the Registrar‘s Page on myODU.

     

    Business Graduate Certificate Programs 

    The maximum number of transfer or transient credits a graduate business certificate student may receive is six semester hours. Only courses with grades of B or better from regionally accredited graduate institutions will be considered. Transfer credit is awarded by petitioning the Program Director at the time of acceptance into the graduate certificate program. Credit is awarded only on the basis of official transcripts from regionally accredited graduate programs.

    Students who have begun a certificate program and wish to apply for transient credit must petition their Program Director prior to registering for a graduate course through a regionally accredited graduate program. Permission to take a transient course will not be granted if equivalent courses are available at ODU. A fee per semester credit is charged for each transient credit that is added to a student’s transcript. Official transcripts of such work must be provided to the University Registrar. The actual letter grade is recorded, and the grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average.

    A maximum of six semester hours earned through transfer or transient credit can be applied to completion requirements for the certificate programs. Forms for applying for transient credit are available through the Office of the Registrar or from the Registrar’s Page on myODU.

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    Withdrawal from the University

    During the course of a semester, it may be necessary for a student to withdraw from the University. To officially withdraw from the University, please contact the Office of the Registrar (614-251-4651 or registrar@ohiodominican.edu) to receive information on withdrawal procedures.

    If this occurs during the ordinary withdrawal-from-course period, the student's transcript will indicate grades of W. If a student withdraws from the University after the official drop period has ended, the transcript will indicate WP for students who were passing at the time of withdrawal and WF for those who were failing. Failure to withdraw officially will result in grades of F on the transcript. Withdrawals for a term must occur before the last day of classes for that term. Withdrawals for a term will be not be accepted during final exam week. All students must complete an exit interview, conducted by the Office of the Registrar, to be officially withdrawn. (See also Refund Policy)

    Adult & Continuing Education students should contact their academic advisor if they need to withdraw from the University.

    Ceasing to attend courses or informing the faculty members or advisors of the intent to withdraw from ODU does not constitute an official withdrawal.

    The official date of withdrawal is the receipt date of written notification presented to the Office of the Registrar or the date the withdrawal was entered in ODU Online.  

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    Writing Guidelines (Graduate Level)

    Graduate students at Ohio Dominican are expected to be familiar with the writing and research conventions specific to their chosen discipline. The faculty in each graduate program at Ohio Dominican University is responsible for establishing the writing guidelines for the graduate students in their respective disciplines.

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